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Once upon a time, the Venezuelan village of Congo Mirador, floating on stilts just inches above the deep Lake Maracaibo, was prosperous, alive with fishermen and poets. In recent years, it has decayed and disintegrated, rotting beneath pollution and neglect—a small but prophetic reflection of Venezuela itself.

At the center of the village’s existential fight for survival stand two female leaders—Mrs. Tamara, the Chavista government coordinator of the village, and Natalie, a vocal teacher and opponent of Mrs. Tamara and her state-approved practices of bribery and intimidation. As the contentious national elections approach, fear within the community extends beyond the partisan divide of Venezuelan politics; the villagers’ homes are quite literally vanishing into the sedimented water, displacing families with no means of surviving elsewhere.

Director Anabel Rodríguez Ríos’s striking and mournful ode to her country bears firsthand witness to the irreversible consequences of government corruption, while simultaneously capturing the resilient spirit of those most directly affected by Venezuela’s profound economic and political crises.

YEAR 2020

CATEGORY World Cinema Documentary Competition

COUNTRY Venezuela/United Kingdom/Brazil/Austria

RUN TIME 99 min

LANGUAGE Spanish

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Spiraleye Productions Ltd.

WEBSITE https://www.spiraleyeproductions.com/

EMAIL sepp@spiraleyeproductions.com

PHONE +436643490599

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Artist Bio

Anabel Rodríguez Ríos

Venezuelan filmmaker Anabel Rodríguez Ríos, based in Vienna, Austria, gained a master's in filmmaking at the London Film School, sponsored by the British Council and the Venezuelan organization Fundación Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho. Her latest short, The Barrel, part of the Why Poverty? series, went to over 50 international film festivals, including Hot Docs and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and was awarded a grant from the TFI Latin America Fund.